Bon voyage to NZ alpacas

NZ alpacas are going to France.

NZ breeder Nic Cooper's been in the business for 28 years, and is now sending alpacas to France.

Geek/farmer hackathon success

Principal researcher at Microsoft Research Ranveer Chandra talks about app options with Manawatu farmer James Stewart ...

An odd combination of farmers and technical people work together to solve on-farm problems.

Search for succulent lamb 

Graham Hawkes and Sarah Walker judge the 2013 Glammies at the Upper Clutha A&P Show.

After 10 years, chief Glammies judge Graham Hawkes is still searching for the tastiest lamb.

Marginal land not worth it

Peter (left) and Niels Hansen, pictured at their Huiroa property, have been conserving and optimising their family farms ...

A hill country field day gave isolated farmers an opportunity to network and learn.

Farming behind the scenes

Supporters at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill earlier this month.

Andrew Morrison writes about the important role of sheep and beef farmers.

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Farming behind the scenes

Supporters at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill earlier this month.

Andrew Morrison writes about the important role of sheep and beef farmers.

Jury out on fewer farmer deaths

The new health and safety laws for farms are a year old and is it a coincidence that farmer deaths are down?

Rampant rates anger farmers

Customer not always getting rights

Fieldays

Helping others, helping himself 

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardist David Horwood has overcome depression by turning his innovation ideas into reality.

 Award-winning inventor overcame depression by turning his ideas into reality.

Weber mystery at Fieldays

Reporter Audrey Malone takes on the Chiefs' Brad Weber in an obstacle course challenge at Mystery Creek.

Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year winner  Paul Olsen from Manawatu.

Biggest and busiest

The National Fieldays has wrapped up one of its biggest and busiest events yet.

dairy

Dairy farmers ahead of waterway fencing

Fencing off intensively farmed beef cattle from waterways is included in new government proposals to improve water ...

1:31 PM  Marlborough had one of the smallest dairy herds in the country with 56 farms containing 21,000 cows.

Wet summer takes toll on dairy farmers

12:51 PM  A wet summer is putting pressure on even once a day dairy farmers.

The Waikato Regional Council will soon decide whether to withdraw the Healthy Rivers plan change after hearing concerns ...

Farmers win second look at water plan

1:24 PM  Waikato farmers are pleased with the willingness of councillors to listen to their concerns around the Healthy Rivers plan change.

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Wet summer takes toll on dairy farmers

Dairy NZ  runs a once a day milking seminar for southern North Island farmers.  Billy Finnigan, 3, attended the seminar, ...

12:51 PM  A wet summer is putting pressure on even once a day dairy farmers.

Feilding's town effluent goes on farms

New irrigators to spread town effluent on farmland to meet resource consent.

Al McCone: The good thing about the new legislations is that it has raised everyone's awareness and we have been able to ...

Jury out on fewer farmer deaths

The new health and safety laws for farms are a year old and is it a coincidence that farmer deaths are down?

aquaculture

Waiting, with 'baited' breath video

The Marlborough Sounds will be off limits to commercial fishing if a recreational fishing park is established.

There's been no sign of them yet but recreational fishing parks will still happen, Government says.

Paua ban extended

Emergency closure of Kaikoura's paua fishery pushed out by nine months to help quake-battered stocks.

Retired biologist John Leader talks to a MPI staff member at a drop-in session in Waikawa to tell the public about their ...

MPI roadshow fails to hook crowds

Marlborough Sounds residents to provide their own impact assessment of relocating salmon farms.

beef

Farmers win second look at water plan

The Waikato Regional Council will soon decide whether to withdraw the Healthy Rivers plan change after hearing concerns ...

1:24 PM  Waikato farmers are pleased with the willingness of councillors to listen to their concerns around the Healthy Rivers plan change.

Marginal land not worth it

A hill country field day gave isolated farmers an opportunity to network and learn.

Principal researcher at Microsoft Research Ranveer Chandra talks about app options with Manawatu farmer James Stewart ...

Geek/farmer hackathon success

An odd combination of farmers and technical people work together to solve on-farm problems.

Sheep

Farmers win second look at water plan

The Waikato Regional Council will soon decide whether to withdraw the Healthy Rivers plan change after hearing concerns ...

1:24 PM  Waikato farmers are pleased with the willingness of councillors to listen to their concerns around the Healthy Rivers plan change.

Marginal land not worth it

A hill country field day gave isolated farmers an opportunity to network and learn.

Principal researcher at Microsoft Research Ranveer Chandra talks about app options with Manawatu farmer James Stewart ...

Geek/farmer hackathon success

An odd combination of farmers and technical people work together to solve on-farm problems.

cropping

Carrfields link for no till drill

(from left) Dr John Baker, CEO/Chairman of Baker No-Tillage, Bill Ritchie, General Manager, Baker No-Tillage, Guy ...

The Feilding developers of a cross slot drill have teamed up with Carrfields.

These guys know their onions

A Marlborough onion grower's decision to use people, not machines, to harvest this year's crop is paying off.

Robinson sprays fire retardant on the hill above Kennedy's Bush during his efforts to help fight the Port Hills fire.

Pilot rises to challenge

Top-dressing pilot says fighting Port Hills fires "not that different to everyday work".

agribusiness

Farmers win second look at water plan

The Waikato Regional Council will soon decide whether to withdraw the Healthy Rivers plan change after hearing concerns ...

1:24 PM  Waikato farmers are pleased with the willingness of councillors to listen to their concerns around the Healthy Rivers plan change.

Big change for rural posties

A small drop in income is on the cards for contractors when the Saturday rural post is dropped.

Jared and Sue Watson credit a switch to once a day milking for re-igniting their passion for dairying.

Farmers credit environment for win

12:47 PM   Jared and Sue Watson are the supreme winners of the Bay of Plenty Farm Environment Awards.

Discovery

Sharing the excitement of science

AgResearch scientist Louise Hennessy

A young scientist delights in passing on her passion for science to schoolchildren.

All aboard regulation train

Rob Mitchell talks to a straight-shooting scientist who realises that progress doesn't come without a certain amount of unhappiness.

Irina Boiarkina, of the University of Auckland, rock-climbing during a visit to Squamish, Canada.

Treasure in a mountain of data

Rob Mitchell talks to a scientist who loves solving mathematical problems.

rural women

High country farmers 'pushed back to the hills'

Around 170 people attended the field day at Simon and Lynda Harvey's property Glen Orkney, Awatere Valley.

The Marlborough region had lost 25,000ha of flat pastoral land in the past three decades due to land use changes as the traditional sheep farmer had been "pushed back to the hills".

Two women in young farmer final

Ellish Norrie and Megan Hands will be up against the men in the Tasman regional final of the Young Farmer of the Year.

A paddock full of scotch thistle at Kaihoka in Golden Bay.

Silent killers find new home

OPINION: No more blisters or chemicals, just a silent killer.

Video

No to Blue Spring cafe, yes to restaurant

The battle to build a cafe at the Blue Spring near Putaruru continues.

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